Opportunities for magical experiences are all around!
You are sure to see wildlife! Almost certainly starfish, crabs, seals, bald eagles, deer, heron, and kingfishers.
If you are incredibly lucky, an alabaster nudibranch... this little 1 inch long guy was seen in 2 inches of water on sandy beach of Savary Island.
And if your timing is fortunate, orca whales, dolphins, otters, humpback whales, or a black bear... a pod of seven orcas even visited us once.
At the Property
Exploring our little bay to search for starfish at low tide or tiny crabs is a kid’s heaven. There is a small sandy area for playing with pails and beach toys, though much of the waterfront is typical BC rocks/pebbles so you need to be careful with the smaller kids and bring appropriate beach footwear. There is a picnic table on the southern tip of the property, just above the water’s edge, which is a great spot to watch summer sunsets with a glass of wine. Near the picnic table is a kids tree house named "The Seaweed Cafe" --- supervised fun awaits. There is a large grassy area just above the beach that is great for picnics or for throwing a ball around, and that gets mid-day shade from two large cedar trees, plus there is a small grassy area by the front door that is shaded in the mid-day heat and is often a nice place to be when kids nap or when they need a break from the sun. And of course playing in or on the water in the bay generates all sorts of mini-adventures and laughter.
There are several ways to visit Savary Island and its sandy beaches for swimming, walking, and playing. Pure joy erupts from children the moment they set foot on these beaches.
The most common way is by using the Lund Water Taxi that leaves from Lund Harbour (only a 10 minute walk away). If the ocean is calm (it often is because we are protected from the wide open Pacific by Vancouver Island) and if you are experienced kayakers, you can paddle to Savary in about an hour. Or you can also get there by chartering a boat ride from Terracentric Adventures, which will take you directly from our bay to a beach on Savary.
You can also paddle to and then within the Copeland Islands, assuming you are experienced kayakers. The islands are small and beautiful, and there are many nice spots for picnics. Or rent a small skiff, if you are boaters and be there in just minutes. The islands are small and beautiful, and there are many nice spots for picnics.
The deep, warm waters of Desolation Sound are a favourite destination for boaters because of its spectacular fjords, mountains, wildlife, and warm swimming holes.
Terracentric Adventures runs zodiac tours up into Desolation Sound (mention that you are staying with us and they will extend a discount to you).
You might even want to do a custom tour with them to take you to one of the magical places that can be reached by boat (e.g. Teakerne Arm water falls and lake).
It is only a 400-500m kayak paddle from our bay to Lund Harbour for cinnamon buns at the fabulous Nancy’s Bakery, assuming you are experienced kayakers and can safely take kids along. Or you can walk there in 10-15 mins, even with small kids.
Treat yourself to dinner one night at the Laughing Oyster restaurant. Great food and service, and a spectacular view onto Okeover Inlet and the mountains of Desolation Sound... plus a lawn that kids can run around on. It is only a 15 minute drive away, and they will arrange a taxi for you if you prefer not to drive.
You will be amazed by what your family will absorb from the natural wonders of the surroundings.